R-0.64.2 on AIX

Nicolas Brouard brouard@ined.fr
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 11:47:21 +0200

I am new on your list...

S language source code again available and in the Public Domain was a great
hope for me.

I remember that parts of S code was written in Ratfor. Now there are still
Fortran routines. Would they stay as is? I have nothing against Fortran but
it adds another compiler which is not as available as C and which exists on
too various forms (g77, f2c at least). For example my g77 (2.7) compiler on
AIX 4.1 did not know what a "save" was.

I haven't found an history of the different sources which builds the actual
R. But looking at the sources themself gives you an idea. A former question
on this list asked for a easy access to the archives, so is there a Web
access to the archives?

I built 0.64.2 on Linux (4.1) without any difficulty (most of you work on
Linux I presume).
On AIX, ./configure used gcc and g77 and I got a working R executable
without too much difficulties.

I just received a first email from your list where
the IEEE standard of AIX was discussed; thus I presumed that my executable
is not working so well.

I am not sure to have the time necessary to compile 0.65 and to be "with
you" but at least I will look at your mailing list and give you information
on AIX if I can.

Thanks for your work. It is a big work.
When I was teaching Mathematical Demography in the Department of Statistics
of ANU for one semester in 1993 I was surprised by the overall S knowledge
of the students. Most of my exams where easily solved with S (Demography
uses a lot of data). Back to France I couldn't go as far with the students
who only had Excel. Now with the availability of R (on Windows mainly) I
will try to use it with my French students.

Nicolas Brouard
Institut national d'études démographiques
mailto:brouard@ined.fr  http://sauvy.ined.fr/~brouard

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